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General stuff
Mod list
The beginning
Current problems

Tech Stuff
fluid dynamics pictures
good ol' thermostat testing
Bushings: Rubber vs. Polyurethane

Why the GD chassis needs an X-brace

Pictures
first photo shoot
winter setup

Videos
in car NVH while street driving
homemade air oil separators
how to remove headunit and install aftermarket headunit

Teaser pics
books, my favorite!
Koyo radiator, coated in Swaintech's BBE
ACPT driveshaft
Dunkin' Turbo injection, what?
Whiteline makeover
winter wheels

Other
maintenance log
things I wish I would have done differently



Special Thanks to
Geoff @ Cygnus Performance
Adam @ Litespeed Performance
T3h_Clap as himself
Got2Boostit2 @ The Shop







DIY painted headlights and Hella Tones
CYGNUS X license plate for Geoff at Cygnus Performance






engine bay, no longer up to date


winter setup: Enkei RPF1 17x8 +45mm with Bridgestone Blizzak REVO1 225/45/17











Thanks for looking. :)
 

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Mod list

Engine
Cobb APv2 with protune from Eric @ IPS Motorsports
Perrin cold air intake
stock turbo, turbo inlet, throttle body, intake manifold, TGV's, longblock
Litespeed UEL header; ceramic coated in Swain Tech's White Lightning
IAG up pipe and dump tube for 38mm EWG; ceramic coated in Swain Tech's White Lightning
TiAL MV-S 38mm EWG, 1.3 bar spring, black tophat;
ceramic coated in Swain Tech's White Lightning
ERZ (CNT) bellmouth, catted downpipe; ceramic coated in Swain Tech's White Lightning
SRS catback; ceramic coated in Swain Tech's White Lightning, muffler painted black
HyperFlow TMIC
Forge BPV
GrimmSpeed EBCS
NGK one step colder iridium spark plugs
Perrin lightweight crank pulley
Unorthodox Racing lightweight power steering pulley
Unorthodox Racing lightweight alternator pulley
KS Tech air pump delete
magnetic engine oil drain plug with a thick reusable washer
DIY homemade air oil separators
GMS hood dampers

Cooling
Koyo radiator, coated in Swain Tech's BBE
GrimmSpeed 160*F thermostat (MotoRad failsafe)
Mishimoto 1.3 bar upper radiator cap
Mishimoto radiator hoses
WC Lathe Werks radiator shroud
stainless steel T-bolt clamps

Heat Shielding
Litespeed titanium heat shield
DEI Reflect-A-Gold - heat shield
ThermoTec turbo wrap kit - turbine housing
Swain Tech White Lightning ceramic coating - headers, up pipe, EWG, downpipe, and catback
ThermoTec cool-air tube heat shield - cold air intake

Fuel
DW 1000cc top feed injectors
Walbro 255 lph fuel pump

Suspension
ZZYZX competition coilovers
- Koni 8611 dampers, double adjustable twin tubes, ~5.5-6" of damper travel
- aluminum housing and clevis, double height adjustable
- special slotted upper strut clevis holes for insane camber adjustment
- 600/500 Eibach springs (~11k/9k), 6" length, stroke of 3.32"/3.62"
- front & rear helper springs
- Noltec front camber-caster plates
- Cusco rear camber plates
- Torrington needle roller thrust bearings
OEM struts
- Swift Spec-R springs on
- cut OEM bump stops with Mobile1 synthetic grease
- Whiteline Com C front strut top mounts
- Group N rear strut top mounts
- Paranoid Fabrications 0.5" saggy butt spacers with extended studs
MSI rear subframe, 1.5" roll center correction and motorsport quality bearings
04-06 STI lower control arms
Whiteline 27mm front sway bar, set to stiff setting
Whiteline 24mm rear sway bar, set to soft setting
Whiteline front ball-link endlinks
Whiteline rear ball-link endlinks
Whiteline heavy duty 24mm rear sway bar mounts
Whiteline anti-lift kit (ALK), race stiffness
free caster mod
Litespeed lateral links with Group N bushings
Whiteline roll center adjustment (RCA) kit
Whiteline steering rack bushings
MSI trailing arms
Group N front trailing arm bushings
Group N rear trailing arm bushings (thanks to BigSky for the tool)
Enkei RPF1 wheels in black, 17x8 +45mm
*with Dunlop Direzza Sport Z1 Star Spec 245/40/17

Chassis Bracing and Modification
Lightspeed rear chassis bridge
Lightspeed rear bumper beam
AMS front bumper beam
TiC Giuyngmyo fender cowl braces
Whiteline front strut bar
Whiteline rear strut bar
Whiteline KSB700 lower control arm H-brace
removed front U subframe
removed spare tire, jack, tools
removed gray bar and brackets under rear seat
removed LATCH bars and brackets behind rear seat
removed sound deadening material behind rear seat

Drivetrain
ACPT carbon fiber driveshaft
MSI engine mounts
Beatrush transmission mount
Beatrush forged pitchstop mount
TiC rear diff mount bushings, race stiffness
Whiteline gearbox / transmission crossmember bushings, race stiffness
Metal outigger bushings
Whiteline rear subframe lockdown bolts
Kartboy short throw shift lever
Kartboy front shifter bushings
Kartboy rear shifter bushing
TiC linkage bushings
TiC pivot bushings
WC Lathe Werks shift knob
Cobb exhaust hanger (1)
Kartboy XL exhaust hangers (2)

Brakes
DBA 4000 series slotted rotors, front and rear (waiting for stock rotors to wear out)
Hawk HP+ pads
Goodrich stainless steel lines (stock lines are seized)
TiC titanium brake shims
TiC titanium wheel bearing shims
(brake rotors are seized)
Perrin master cylinder brace

Exterior
20% tint around, 70% tint on windshield
04/05 tail light swap
Rally Armour UR mudflaps
Perrin wing stiffis (2)
Hella Super Tones car horns
DIY painted headlights
debadged trunk
de-stickered and de-emblemed grill
disabled daytime running lights
LED license plate lights

Interior
HD Motorsports GoPro camera
Innovate Motorsports LC-1 wideband with XD-16 gauge
Mach-V IC temperature gauges
Prosport premium peak/warn 52mm amber/white gauges
*boost
*exhaust gas temperature
*oil temperature
*oil pressure
*fuel pressure
*water temperature
*voltage
Prosport gauge installation accessories
ATI 3 gauge clock pod
ATI 2 gauge steering column pod
GlowShift 4 gauge A pillar pod
Panasonic CQ-9800U headunit
black STI floor mats
Autospeed dead pedal
LED map lights
disabled seat belt alarm


Fluids
engine: Shell Rotella T6 synthetic 5w40
transmission: Motul gear300 75w90 synthetic
read diff: Motul gear300 75w90 synthetic
brakes: Motul RBF600
coolant: Subaru coolant

Other
Perrin foam filter cleaner
Etymotic Research earplugs for highway cruising

Old parts
Torque Solution V3 pitch mount - switched to Beatrush since it's louder
Whiteline 24mm front sway bar, set to stiff 26mm setting - wanted a flatter front end when cornering
Whiteline gearbox / transmission crossmember bushings, regular stiffness - wanted race stiffness to make the gear whine even louder
GMS 170*F thermostat - kept coolant at 195*F under all conditions, not my preference
Perrin front strut bar - did not like the fitment
GrimmSpeed up pipe - dump tube did not fit with catted downpipe
Beatrush engine mounts - upgraded to solid mounts
Whiteline rear diff support lock / outrigger bushings - upgraded to metal
Hawk HPS pads - upgraded to Hawk HP+

Special thanks to
Geoff @ Cygnus Performance
Adam @ Litespeed Performance

Got2Boostit2@ The Shop
T3h_Clap as himself


black = installed
red = purchased, but have not installed
green = not yet purchased




Dyno chart
290 whp & 321 wtq on a Mustang
tuned by Eric @ IPS Motorsports

dashed line = stock manifold, tuned to its potential
solid line = Litespeed header, tuned to its potential (more midrange boost, more timing up top)



the final pull
 

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The beginning

The two loves of my life. One has my heart; the other is bone stock, except for the winter tires.


Another shot. My dog is now chasing squirrels in doggie heaven.

 

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Current problems

1. The left rear window tint is peeling since it rubs against the rubber. The shop said they'd warranty it for free, but it's in Annapolis, MD and I'm far away now. :banghead:
 

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Re: Joey's pathetic grocery getter (editing, finally made one)

I had the same problem with my RA mud flaps on my 05. I called up RA and they sent me new hardware free of charge including shipping. :tup:
 

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Re: Joey's pathetic grocery getter (finally made a journal)

Thanks for the comments guys.

It seems UM still cannot find a professor to teach internal combustion engines. :mad:
That's almost as bad as the handful of muscle cars I see when I go to the grocery store - none of them are modded, not even an exhaust!
Well, I have my ways...

Okay, so the rebuilding manual transmissions book is just for fun.
 

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Re: Joey's pathetic grocery getter (finally made a journal)

I have the Fuel Injection book and there's alot of stuff in there I don't quite understand...almost but not fully. There's formulas that I don't feel I need, kinda like engineering of parts I guess. I'm only a couple chapters into it though. When I get back from Germany, I plan to take EFI's week long ACP program for tuning.

GL with the protune and enjoy the ride!!
 

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Re: Joey's pathetic grocery getter (finally made a journal)

I have the Fuel Injection book and there's alot of stuff in there I don't quite understand...almost but not fully. There's formulas that I don't feel I need, kinda like engineering of parts I guess. I'm only a couple chapters into it though. When I get back from Germany, I plan to take EFI's week long ACP program for tuning.

GL with the protune and enjoy the ride!!
Thanks. I wish I could start reading them, but I have waaaaay too many things to install. I've never had this much stuff before. Lots of good fun is in the works for this summer.

Here's a teaser pic I guess - Koyo radiator with Swaintech's BBE coating.

 

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Re: Joey's pathetic grocery getter (parts overload, Koyo rad with Swaintech's BBE)

The car is coming along nicely. :tup::tup: I'm glad you started a journal. I still need to do that myself.:rolleyes: That coated radiator looks good. I was curious what the end result would look like after I sent it to Swaintech. I'm looking forward to hearing what you think of all the Whiteline stuff you just ordered. Those were some of the best mods I made to my car.


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Nice sti man! and I have long hair too :p lol I hate how society now thinks long hair automatically means weirdo or worse...
 

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Re: Joey's pathetic grocery getter (parts overload, Koyo rad with Swaintech's BBE)

I'm glad you started a journal. I still need to do that myself.:rolleyes: That coated radiator looks good. I was curious what the end result would look like after I sent it to Swaintech. I'm looking forward to hearing what you think of all the Whiteline stuff you just ordered. Those were some of the best mods I made to my car.
Yeah, it took me awhile to make one. It practically took me 2 years to discover IWSTI, doh. You do need a journal. I have no notion of your car other than those two autox videos where you seem to be going really fast.

I had the radiator coated for three reasons. First, I wanted the black color since I'm going for a blue and black theme. It may not be as cool as the murdered out black or the white and black combo, but I hope it'll work. Second, I thought coating the metal would offer better corrosion protection. A tech at Swaintech wouldn't confirm anything about corrosion resistance since it wasn't designed for that purpose, but I would think a coating would be better than nothing. Third, black surfaces emit more thermal radiation, so there's an increase in cooling capacity. Of course, convection is the dominant mode of heat transfer. It's hard to work out the exact increase since it largely depends on the ambient temperature as well as the velocity of air flow over the core. Nevertheless, Swaintech said it's in the ballpark of 5%.

I'll let you know about the Whiteline stuff. It seems the more I learn, both about modding and the feel of driving the car, the more disappointed I become in the choice of OEM parts. That's codename for buying lots of stuff from you. :lol:

I hate how society now thinks long hair automatically means weirdo or worse...
Haha, I've never really been someone to care about what others think of me (until I fell in love, but that's just one exception). She wanted to see my hair long, so I gave it a try. Regardless of the length, I like my sideburns to be at least to the bottom of my ears. I'm sure some people consider that as rebellious, instead of seeing it as just part of the haircut.
 

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Re: Joey's grocery getter (parts overload, ACPT driveshaft in the house!)

Just got an ACPT carbon fiber composite driveshaft in the mail! :banana: The found it used on NASIOC and the price was an absolute steal - so good of a deal that I couldn't pass it up. It was part of my eventual build plan although I didn't think I'd have one for years since it's not necessary. I'm quite interested to see how this feels since I like my lightweight pulleys so much.
 

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Hey JL,
That driveshaft has the same rotational rub mark as mine(back near the rear diff flange-maksing tape just touches rear edge). I can tell you what it is from and how I attempted to fix it a few weeks ago. (gonna put my car on hoist in a couple of hours to verify after running Mid-Ohio Raceway last week)
 

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Re: Joey's grocery getter (parts overload, ACPT driveshaft in the house!)

Awesome piece man. :tup:
Thanks, I think it has 10k miles on it.

Hey JL,
That driveshaft has the same rotational rub mark as mine(back near the rear diff flange-maksing tape just touches rear edge). I can tell you what it is from and how I attempted to fix it a few weeks ago. (gonna put my car on hoist in a couple of hours to verify after running Mid-Ohio Raceway last week)
Yeah, I know what you mean. I had previously skimmed through that huge thread on the driveshaft. If it is indeed just a cosmetic blemish, I can live with it. I just hope it doesn't look like I machined it on a lathe and ruin the structural integrity, so as to cause more rotational deformation. I got some Torque Solution driveshaft bushings in transit. I hope that will help, but I honestly have no idea. The seller recommended putting washers to add clearance to the support bracket. Any advice you have is certainly welcome.

By the way, you're location looks like I'm awfully close to you. You're on a whole other level though; I just drive around town (Ann Arbor).
 

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Thanks, I think it has 10k miles on it.


Yeah, I know what you mean. I had previously skimmed through that huge thread on the driveshaft. If it is indeed just a cosmetic blemish, I can live with it. I just hope it doesn't look like I machined it on a lathe and ruin the structural integrity, so as to cause more rotational deformation. I got some Torque Solution driveshaft bushings in transit. I hope that will help, but I honestly have no idea. The seller recommended putting washers to add clearance to the support bracket. Any advice you have is certainly welcome.

By the way, you're location looks like I'm awfully close to you. You're on a whole other level though; I just drive around town (Ann Arbor).
I'm going to post images by Saturday in my journal. It appears I only moved my contact point to a new location. Cured the original contact area that we share on our d-shafts. I did not get a chance to install my out-rigger bushings before Mid-Ohio. I think once they are in it will cure the unnecessary movement of the differential. My outrigger bushings are so soft I can move the differential up and down about 3/8". I doctor those images and post in my journal as well.

I don't think the structural integrity of the ds has been ruined as I put 60+ track miles on mine after I noticed it with no issue last week.

Yeah, location to A2 is like 20 minutes. There is a meet near Briarwood mall every Saturday near the Wendy's just east of Briarwood. A2 Sportcompacts has a website that list's actual location. I usually get tied up and forget to roll thru there. Most likely will miss this Saturday as I'll be installing coilovers and such.
 

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I'm going to post images by Saturday in my journal. It appears I only moved my contact point to a new location. Cured the original contact area that we share on our d-shafts. I did not get a chance to install my out-rigger bushings before Mid-Ohio. I think once they are in it will cure the unnecessary movement of the differential. My outrigger bushings are so soft I can move the differential up and down about 3/8". I doctor those images and post in my journal as well.
I just got a ton of Whiteline parts, outer-rigger / rear diff support bushings included. I got so much stuff, I don't know what to do first.
Yeah, location to A2 is like 20 minutes. There is a meet near Briarwood mall every Saturday near the Wendy's just east of Briarwood. A2 Sportcompacts has a website that list's actual location. I usually get tied up and forget to roll thru there. Most likely will miss this Saturday as I'll be installing coilovers and such.
Thanks for the info. I'll have to check it out sometime. I wonder if I can show off that stock fender gap with style. Maybe I'll stick a bird's nest on top of one front tire and have a sleeping cat on the other.
If you need an extra hand for the install, I can come. Otherwise, I'll be doing one of my upgrades.
 

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Re: Joey's protune preparation: what is with the relentless cell phone ads?

What is with all the cell phone spammers lately? I would think it's harder and harder to scam people given that we are so aware of it. Do they even get people by posting on car forums? :confused:

What? Did someone say cell phones for sale? Where?
:stupid: Is there a cell phone group buy?
 
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